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QuickStart Tennis Professionals

QuickStart PRO . . . tennis teachers on the go!

When QuickStart kids reach a certain level of competency on-court, it's time for the pros to step in to take them to the next level. In some communities, there are freelance tennis-teaching professionals and non-private, club-related tennis teachers who are available to teach private lessons, family lessons and tennis clinics. QCV has identified and trained the following QuickStart PROs in the communities we serve.

Meet the PROs!!!


Chris Cubbage, USPTA certified (434) 906-8554  Email: chris.cubbage6@gmail.com

  • QuickStart-trained
  • Founder Matilda Blue Tennis
  • After-school Matilda Blue QuickStart (developmental and Kids' Clubs) at Charlottesville Catholic School, Crozet, Red Hill, Agnor-Hurt, Greenbrier, Mountaintop Montessori School, Ivy Creek School, Peabody School
  • Family Friendly QuickStart (parent/child lessons)
  • Cubby's Crew
  • QuickReStartSM for seniors at the Lodge at Old Trail and The Colonnades
  • Adaptive QuickStart for autistic kids
  • Tennis Coach for JJTL teams at Charlottesville Catholic School
  • Tennis programs at Pen and Tonsler Parks through City of Charlottesville Parks & Recreation
  • Programming at Crozet Elementary School courts
  • Private, group and family lessons
Jason Grigg, USPTA certified (434) 978-7529  Email: jasongr@acac.com
  • QuickStart-trained
  • Director of Tennis at ACAC on Four Seasons Drive
  • Graduate, Professional Tennis Management at Ferris State University

Patrick Kearns, USPTA & PTR certified (434) 531-8876  Email: patrickkearnstennis@gmail.com

  • QuickStart-trained
  • Owner 4 Star Camps
  • Director of Tennis at Fairview Club
  • Director of USTA/VA Competitive Training Center in Charlottesville
  • Junior Team Tennis Coordinator for Charlottesville/Albemarle
  • Tennis Coach at the Covenant School
  • Former Head Tennis Professional at Farmington Country Club
  • Graduate, Professional Tennis Management at Ferris State University

Ellen Markowitz, PTR certified (434) 296-3513 or (917) 834-5717  Email: drcoachellen@hotmail.com

  • QuickStart-trained
  • PhD, specialty Positive Youth Development through sports
  • SuperStarters Tennis -- QuickStart Tennis & Teamwork and SuperStarters Girls' Club
  • After-School programs at Baker-Butler, Broadus Wood, Brownsville, Burnley-Moran, Cale, Clark, Greer, Jackson-Via, Johnson, Stone-Robinson, Stony Point, Venable and Woodbrook
  • 8U Tennis Academy
  • Programming at Claudius Crozet Park and Crozet Elementary courts
  • Director of Tennis, Albemarle County Parks & Recreation
  • Tennis Coach, Western Albemarle High School Girls' Team

Buckingham County

Rich Michaels, PTR Scholastic Coach; USPTA Recreational Coach; USTA Player Development and USTA School Tennis trained (434) 607-7371  Email: retiredcolonel@embarqmail.com

Charlotte & Prince Edward counties

Murrie Bates, PTR certified (434) 542-5480  Email: mbates@hsc.edu

  • QuickStart-trained
  • Former Head Tennis Coach at Hampden-Sydney College
  • 2008 & 2010 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Coach of the Year
  • 2009 VaSID Coach of the Year
  • Summer youth programs
  • Private and group lessons

Culpeper County

George Christoforatos, USPTA & PTR certified (540) 825-0000 Email: gee015@yahoo.com

  • QuickStart-trained
  • Culpeper Sport & Racquet Club
  • Etcheberry certified and Elite Etcheberry certified
  • USTA High performance coach
  • USTA 2010 High School Coach of the Year
  • Louisa County Parks & Recreation tennis instructor
  • Orange County Parks & Recreation tennis instructor

Danville/Pittsylvania County

Rusty Lovell, USPTA-certified Tennis Professional  (775) 412-8772    Email: rlovell6981@gmail.com

  • QuickStart-trained
  • Tennis Professional at Stratford Tennis Club
  • Played college tennis at Radford University, 2002 graduate
  • Taught tennis at Snee Farm in Charleston, SC and La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in San Diego
  • Native of Martinsville, VA

Neda Haymore, (434) 799-9165   Email: nedahaymore@comcast.net

Fluvanna County

Alina Ackenbom, USPTA certified Elite Tennis Professional ; USTA School Tennis trained (434) 589-8950 
    Email: Alina@campfriendship.com

Tom Langford, PTR certified 10 and Under Junior Development Coach (540) 850-3979
    Email: tomjohnlangford@gmail.com

  • QuickStart-trained
  • After-School instructor with Matilda Blue Tennis -- Charlottesville Catholic School, Greenbrier ES and Red Hill ES
  • Family Friendly QuickStart instructor for Charlottesville Parks & Recreation
  • Summer instructor for 4 Star Camps
  • Key West Tennis instructor and Jefferson Junior Tennis League coach
  • Instructor at Friendship Tennis Academy

 Greene County

Tessa Pehanick,  USTA School Tennis trained (434) 962-2926  Email: tpehanick@centurylink.net

Prince Edward County

Nicole Parker, QuickStart PRO Summer Coach  Email: nicole.parker4@live.longwood.edu

  • QuickStart-trained
  • Longwood University Elementary Education graduate
  • Longwood University Women's Tennis Team
  • Buckingham County Summer QuickStart PRO Program -- 2012
  • Cumberland County Summer QuickStart PRO Program -- 2013
  • Albemarle County (Yancey ES) Summer QuickStart PRO Program -- 2013

Vonnie Colvin , Longwood University Community Tennis Outreach   Email: colvinay@longwood.edu

  • QuickStart-trained
  • Longwood University Professors, Department of Physical Education

Billy Rutherford, QuickStart Tennis Time   (804) 512-5322   Email: qstennistime@gmail.com   

  • QuickStart-trained
  • Founder of QuickStart Tennis Time
  • Annual summer camp at Fuqua School courts



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